Getting Noticed at Work
Getting Noticed - Staying "Visible" at Work
Make sure that you're noticed for all of the great work that you do.
Do you sometimes feel that your hard work is "invisible"? Perhaps you do such good work on a regular basis that your manager and your colleagues take it for granted, so you're no longer recognized and rewarded for your efforts in the way that you used to be.
You might be the hardest worker in your organization, and the one everyone wants on their team – but if you're not in your boss's thoughts, then you may be passed up for new projects, additional responsibilities, awards, and promotions. That's why you need to be visible at work!
In this article, we'll discuss strategies to get noticed for all the great work you do. This, in turn, will help you to continue advancing towards your career goals.
Generalist or Specialist?
Do you consider yourself a "generalist" – someone who does many different things in different roles – or a "specialist" – someone who is an expert in one or two specific areas?
New businesses often hire generalists, because they can perform in so many different roles. As organizations grow, however, specialists are often hired to focus on key areas. This may leave the hard-working generalists feeling pushed aside and disempowered.
If you're a generalist, think strategically about what types of skills your organization needs. Work on building these skills to become a specialist. The more knowledgeable and skillful you become in a particular area, the more likely you are to be noticed for your work.
Remember that organizations also tend to look for people with great "soft skills" – non-technical skills such as creative thinking, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, communication skills, flexibility, and coaching. These are often as important as professional expertise.
If you're thinking about becoming a specialist in a certain area, don't forget to consider these important soft skills. Helping your boss resolve a major conflict within your team will get you noticed just as much as delivering a great presentation or sales report.